There are many valid methods for keeping track of future post ideas. (if you need help generating ideas, see our post on tips for getting blog post ideas) You could use any one of the numerous list-making or note-taking apps for your phone/desktop – including Google Docs, MS Word, Mac Pages or even the tried and true physical notebook. There’s no right or wrong way to do it so long as the method you choose works for you. That being the case, some of you may find that this handy little plugin – called Ideas – is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
The Ideas plugin is a simple way to keep track of future post ideas and the links/inspiration that accompany them. In the post below I’ll explain how to install and use the Ideas plugin.
Installing the Ideas Plugin
First things first, you’ll need to head over to the WordPress.org Plugins Directory where you can download Ideas for free. Once you’ve downloaded the plugin’s zipped file go ahead and navigate within your WordPress Admin to Plugins > Add New > Upload and install/activate the plugin.
Upon successful activation you will notice a new custom post type appear in your WP Admin’s side bar called Ideas. Click there to get started.
Configuring the Ideas Plugin
After clicking on the new Ideas custom post type you’ll notice two sub-sections. The Ideas archive, simply labeled Ideas, and Add Idea. By Clicking on Add Idea you can create and save your first future post idea into the archives.
As you can see in the image below the format is quite simple. In the top box under “what are you thinking?” you write out your idea. In the meta box below it you can include relevant links for later reference. When you are finished just click publish.
All of your ideas will be archived for later use in the Ideas archive. Simple as that.
Besides being very easy to install and get started, I found the Ideas plugin to be very useful. Personally I like having all of my future post concepts in WordPress. I realize that many people may prefer something that does not require online access, which is a fair point, seeing as you can’t always be online. But even if I initially capture an idea in Evernote, Google Docs, or even on a scrap of paper, I find that just getting that bit of information into WordPress itself seems to make the likelihood that I follow through with a full post more likely. And if for no other reason than that, I recommend this plugin.
What do you think? Is this a plugin you would use? Let us know in the comments below!